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December 2015

12/17/15 December 17, 2015
December 17, 2015

It's December and I'm finally back!  I will fill you in on a few things that have happened since I last "saw" you and move on from there. 

My immediate family has been rocked with lots of trauma.  Without going into details let me just say that there has been a lot of division and anger.  I have been trying to stay positive and have been praying for and working on healing among family members.

My father-in-law died recently.  He has been ill with multiple major things for a long time.  The care facility he was in didn't give him water as instructed and he became dehydrated resulting in kidney failure.

My husband's best friend died recently due to complications from pancreatic cancer.  He was such an energetic man it is hard to comprehend.

I resigned from the board of our homeowner association.  All of a sudden one of the other board members began questioning my honesty.  After over three years of working together that was unbearable for me.  It is way easier to be a liar than to be honest and I focus hard on being honest.  The attack was personal and I resigned.

I began volunteering at a local no-kill cat shelter once a week.  I work on socializing the feral cats.  I have found I am somewhat intuitive on what dogs and cats are thinking.  In just five visits I have made progress.

I have been in a bit of a fog this year.  I haven't been spending the time in prayer and reading my Bible that I should.  I've been neglecting my spiritual and my physical self.  That is, until recently.  I am getting rid of things that hinder me and am getting back on track.

I'll be going through my emails and catching up on those.  I'll be doing my spiritual and physical exercises.  I anticipate it won't be easy.  It seems like every time I get on a good roll I am knocked off my horse.

It would help if I could find a church that encourages individuals to stay focused on the gifts and jobs that God has given them and embraces the ministries they have been given. 

The Body of Christ is in shambles.  Most churches are only encouraging those people whose gifts (and money) support their own church.  There are way more parts of the Body than most churches embrace.

I've not been looking for a church the past few years because I've been so discouraged.  I've been shunned in a few churches when they found out I was seeking God's will and not theirs.  I wasn't conforming with what they had always done and believed.  I believed everything the Bible says and they were picking and choosing.

Unfortunately there are a lot of people who are content to just "play church".  They go to church and believe what they are told.  They might be there just for the fellowship, too.  Some are there out of obligation to God, doing their time in the pews once a week.  They wouldn't be comfortable if a church was strongly encouraging every person to do what God is calling them to do.

It seems most churches aren't comfortable in letting God be God.  They want to confine Him in a box.  That way there are no surprises.  God won't change the sermon midstream.  He won't request more praise or different songs. 

Funny.  It isn't God in the box.... it is the churches and the people.  They have shut God out.

I woke up at 3:00AM this morning.  I usually don't get up any time before 7:00AM.  I laid in bed until 4:00AM trying to go back to sleep.  I think God was trying to get my attention.  I used to get up an hour early every morning before my husband retired to spend time with God.

Now that my husband has retired there is no schedule around here any more.  I don't have to make breakfast or bagged lunches.  I don't have to wake anyone up.  It has been hard for me to set a schedule for myself.  I think God is tired of my excuses. I know I am!
Link to the 12/17/15 Bible study.

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